The Winston-Salem Foundation is a 94 year-old community foundation that supports many charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Since 1919, individuals, families, nonprofit organizations, and corporations have used our expertise to greatly improve the quality of life in Forsyth County, its surrounding areas, and beyond.
Founded in 1919 by Col. Francis Fries with a $1,000 gift, the Foundation now administers over 1,300 charitable funds and had total custodial assets of over $358 million at the end of 2013. Last year, the Foundation granted $20.9 million to charitable causes, over $2.5 million of which was through the Community Grants program supporting local nonprofits. In the 2013-2014 school year, the Foundation’s Student Aid program helped 576 students with over $1.1 in scholarships and loans to help them achieve their dreams of attending college.
The Foundation’s philanthropic services offer personalized service and local expertise with knowledge of current community issues, making philanthropy easy and effective for individuals and organizations. Other services include: community grant-making to nonprofit organizations, student aid for local college students, and community leadership, which brings together diverse voices and groups to address issues, foster greater giving, and support high-impact opportunities in the community.
Our values consist of generosity, inclusion, integrity, and excellence. The Foundation’s mission is to invest in our community by making philanthropy and its benefits available to all. Learn more on our website at www.wsfoundation.org.